I am currently managing an intern. I found out that he failed his exam because his dissertation project was incomplete. He is indirectly blaming us saying that 3 weeks was not enough time to do his dissertation project.
I had given him 3 weeks to focus on the project and his dissertation. My boss was not happy with it and insisted that the intern shouldn't be doing his academic work on company time.
I can see both sides of the argument, but does the intern have a point? A part of me is wondering why he was not working on his dissertation outside of working hours.
The interns project was creating a feature to improve our product, which was why I let him work on company time. My boss however did not feel that it was high priority. The intern's academic course credits depended on it.